Meaningful Dove Tattoo Ideas
The dove flies through infinite realms of legend, lore and myth - charting a vast migratory path of symbolism. As such, the dove is replete with fabulous tattoo ideas.
In Christianity, we see the dove prominently featured with both Christ, and his mom, Mary. In this light, the dove is a symbol of divine inspiration (messages from divine realms). In Christian wisdom, the dove is also a symbol of faith and sacrifice. It's considered a noble attribute and portrays purity in faith. Does your soul yearn to aspire to the highest heights of your Christian faith? A dove tattoo might be a gentle testimony to your spiritual devotion.
We see the dove in Arthurian legend too. Where the dove is depicted in art pertaining to King Arthur, it is synonymous with the Holy Grail. As a symbol of the Grail, the dove represents everlasting life, purity of intent and the vessel of higher knowing. I talk a little bit more about this aspect here: Dove Symbolim in the Tarot.
The dove gets its peace symbolism from countless sources. From Christianity to Celtic myth, the dove seems to be a universal symbol of well-being. I particularly like its appearance with Hachiman, a Japanese war god. It's alliance with this war monger deity marks a time of peace after battle. Are you fighting for a grand cause? Perhaps a dove might be a tattoo idea that conveys light at the end of your plight and a time of rest after much toil.
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Are you a mom? You might be interested to know the dove is a symbol for motherhood. It's associated with the Mother Mary, Ishtar and Aphrodite/Venus - all divine mothers of their time.
Doves were fabled to have fed Zeus - a nutritive and motherly gesture. A little-known fact about doves is they produce a kind of milk to feed their fledgling young. It's an odd trait, but our ancestors recognized this unique ability of the dove and ever since, the dove has been a tantamount symbol of motherhood. So, if you take great pride in being a supportive mom, a dove tattoo might be a perfect symbol to convey this special joy.
Migrate to similar symbolism on your personal flight for more tattoo ideas by following the links at the end of this page.
An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings
Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time in society as well as mass societal opinion. What's cool and highly important is that signs and symbols earn their most powerful meanings from our own personal perspectives.
This website strives to provide you with the best, time-honored information when defining signs and symbols. However, in the final analysis, "Beauty (and symbolism) is in the eye of the beholder."
Having said that, it's in our best interest to invest the time to do personal research on symbolic events happing to us. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. So dive it! There is a whole universe of deeper meanings to explore! You can start your research by clicking on the links at the end or to the side of this page. Odds are good I've got a follow-up article about this symbolic topic. ;)
As always, thanks for your willingness to learn more about the language of symbolism. It's a language that is universal and everywhere. It's super-groovy to travel with you on your symbolic path, and maybe offer a little translation along the way. Thanks for reading and exploring!